After a dark premiere, the third and fourth part sof Twin Peaks return to its darkly comic roots. Characters like Gordon Cole and Sheriff Truman also return.
May 21st was like Christmas morning for die-hard fans of Twin Peaks. Shortly after the two-part premiere wrapped up, episodes 3 and 4 were made available for streaming. It s not often that four episodes of a TV show are released so close together, but perhaps that was David Lynch s way of making up for being off the air for over 25 years.
The very confusing storyline and Black Lodge scenes in the premiere may have put off some new viewers, while returning viewers found it to be much darker than anything from the original series. At this point in his career, though, it s clear that Lynch s work isn t for everyone. But while these two episodes remained as confusing as ever, they were much lighter in tone.
Twin Peaks: The Return Part 3 recap
We pick up with Cooper, who is still in a freefall. He finally lands on a world that has a purple landscape, overlooking the ocean. He notices a doorway to a room, and when he opens it, a woman with no eyelids looks back at him. The camera constantly flutters in and out of control, giving the scene a very distorted look. When Cooper asks the lady where they are, the woman gives an incoherent answer. Something starts banging on the door, but she urges Cooper not to answer it. She then gets up and redirects him to another door with a ladder. As they climb up the ladder, it is revealed that he s in a compartment floating out in space. Once the woman reaches the object on the roof of the compartment, she pulls a lever. It electrocutes her and causes her to fall back. But when Cooper looks out into space, he notices a face staring back at him that says blue rose. He closes the latch and goes back down, and when he returns to the main room, he finds the woman with eyes, this time staring back at him.
Evil Cooper is still driving along the South Dakota highway, but as he is, Cooper notices something on the wall. The woman tells him when you get there, you will already be there. The object on the wall electrocutes him and causes evil Cooper to start losing control. The woman tells him that her mother s coming. Cooper gets sucked into the wall, leaving his shoes behind, while his doppelganger crashes into the mountains. When he looks up, red curtains emerge in front of him. Another manifestation of Cooper (named Dougie) is shown in a house in Vegas, with a prostitute by his side. He s wearing a ring that s the same color as the plug in Cooper s car. After he throws up on the carpet, he spots red curtains and gets sucked into the Black Lodge. The Cooper in the car also pukes violently before passing out. Inside the Black Lodge, Dougie sees the one-armed man, who tells him someone manufactured you for a purpose, but I think now that s been fulfilled. He looks over and sees his hands shrinking, while the ring on his finger falls off. His head pops off and a bubble emerges out of a cloud of smoke. The one-armed man picks up the ring and the bubble, and leaves it on a table.
Back at the house, lights start blinking out of a plug and the real Cooper emerges. The prostitute asks him where he got that slick haircut and suit but notices he doesn t have his shoes. Cooper is totally unresponsive and acts like an alien that just landed on Earth. When she searches his pockets for car keys, she finds a room key for the Great Northern Hotel. She has to give him a ride, but as they leave, two people come over to scope out the house. One of them has a rifle in his car and would ve shot Cooper had he not bent down to pick up his dropped room key. The other guy leaves a bomb underneath his car, while next door, a girl is shown mixing pills with whiskey. A young child is with her that better not be her kid. Police cars arrive at the scene of the crash. One of the cops keels over at the stench of evil Cooper, and the other one radios for back-up and to bring gas masks.
Back at the Twin Peaks Sheriff s Department, the cops are laying out files to see if something s missing. Andy and Lucy are confused as to how to find something that s missing. When Hawk says it has to do with his heritage, Lucy says somewhat insensitively that he s an Indian. Lucy has a eureka moment when she says that a chocolate bunny is missing because she ate it. Hawk dismisses it as crazy, but then thinks that it could be about the bunny. Dr. Jacoby puts the shovels he had delivered to good use by hanging them up and spray-painting them with gold. The prostitute drops Cooper off at a casino, saying he ll find help in there. He remains unresponsive, but when she tells him you can go out now, he flashes back to Laura Palmer telling him that. As he tries to walk through the automatic doors, he looks disoriented. He walks up to a security guard, flashes the $5 bill the prostitute gave him and says call for help. He gets the money exchanged for chips and walks over to the slot machines.
Suddenly, he notices an image pop up near a machine, so he walks over to it and starts playing. He manages to win, then sees the image reappear near another machine. He wins there too, and the employees take note of his incredibly good luck. He tries to point someone else in the direction of another winning machine, but she doesn t listen. But when she sees Cooper win at another machine, she goes over to it and wins too.
The FBI is investigating a man who killed his wife, with an array of clues left on the table. Gordon Cole is there, and his hearing is slightly better. However, when it s just Cole, Albert and a female agent in the room, she tells them about the glass box in New York. As they try to figure out the mysterious figure that was there, they get a call from someone who says they ve found Dale Cooper. Cole arranges to meet with him at South Dakota they ve got the wrong Coop.
A flood watch is active in the north central part of Wyoming. Recent warm weather combined with a spring snow storm is speeding up the already high levels of runoff in the state s mountains. Streams in the eastern and central part of the state are also beginning to run high: in the Shoshone, Big Horn, Wind, and Powder River Basins. In the Wind River Mountains, snow pack is 237-percent higher than usual according to the emergency management agency in Fremont County.
Pat Kondas, the public relations officer with the county s emergency management, said officials from Homeland Security and the National Guard have set up barriers filled with dirt at critical points to redirect runoff from overflowing streams. She said it’s still just pre-emptive work. Flooding has not started and it won t until whatever s melting comes down from the mountains. Kondas said residents can pick up their own sandbags at road and bridge shops around Fremont County.
It has always been necessary for the people and their representatives in the news media to remain on guard against efforts to reduce transparency at every level of government, and 2017 is no exception. Responding to a longtime goal among local governments to keep the public in the dark about their economic development deals especially overly generous giveaways involving taxpayers money SB1179/HB947 would keep certain county government records under wraps. All that s needed is for the chief executive officer, with the agreement of the county attorney, to determine that the information is of such a sensitive nature that its disclosure or release would seriously harm the ability of the county to compete for or execute agreements or contracts for economic or community development.
In other words, the open records law would not apply whenever local officials said it would not apply. Somewhat more definitive, but still unnecessary and harmful to the cause of open government, SB442/HB732 would create an exemption from open records requests for video taken by a law enforcement body camera that depicts interactions with minors, the interior of a healthcare or mental health facility, or the interior of a private residence where no crime has occurred. Creating safe zones where the actions of police would be exempt from public scrutiny, of course, defeats one of the main purposes of body cameras giving the public a chance to assess the fairness and professionalism of law enforcement s interactions with the public.
It s not all bad news on the open government front. State Sen. Sara Kyle of Memphis and Rep. Bo Mitchell of Nashville, both Democrats, are sponsoring SB1102/HB1360, which would require charter schools to be subject to open records laws and certain financial reporting requirements. That seems like a reasonable idea for the state s growing and one must not forget publicly financed charter school industry. It remains to be seen how far the idea will get with the Republican-led General Assembly. There are other positive developments.
Lt. Gov. Randy McNally and House Speaker Beth Harwell said at a recent panel discussion hosted by the Tennessee Press Association that they would be open to reviewing exemptions to the state s 60-year-old public records law and considering a sunset provision on any new public records law exemptions. Enforcement of the law started with just two exemptions medical records of public hospital patients and security information held by state military officials. Now there are more than 350. And it was announced in January that a branch of the State Comptroller s Office has drafted a policy, set to take effect July 1, that guides the government s proper response to public records requests and prohibits fees from being used as a way to discourage the public from asking questions.
For the most part, however, the default position for many legislators maintain secrecy when you can get away with it remains a constant source of concern for members of the public who want to keep track of the latest developments among their elected representatives.
The only remedy is to make it clear to officials that the people who elected them are watching and that they care.